U.Va. Physics Department to Host National Physics Day Show on April 27

April 12, 2011 — The Department of Physics in the University of Virginia's College of Arts & Sciences will host its annual National Physics Day Show on April 27 at 7 p.m. in room 203 of the Physics Building, located at 382 McCormick Road.

Physics professors Bob Jones, Olivier Pfister, Cass Sackett and Steve Thornton will entertain with strange and mystifying presentations designed for the general public.

Witness shooting rockets (inside the auditorium), balls suspended in the air, curve balls flying overhead, Van de Graaff generators and skaters spinning, spinning and spinning. There will be plenty of surprises; the physicists might even crush a cement block on top of a person resting on a bed of nails.

Parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street and, after 5 p.m., in the Scott Stadium lots.

For information about this free public event, contact Dawn Shifflett at 434-924-3781 or

— By Fariss Samarrai

Media Contact

Fariss Samarrai

Media Relations Associate Office of University Communications